Where laptop are concerned, is there such a thing as too thin? Reported for next year, Apple’s slenderest Mac to this day might end up slimming down so much, a traditional USB port could end up being too chubby to fit.
Jack March (via 9to5Mac) provided new details on exactly what Apple could have in establishment for mobile warriors with next year’s MacBook Air refresh. This follows last week’s report the ultra-thin notebook may embrace the familiar color pattern found on iOS gadgets.
Expected in mid-2015, the 12-inch MacBook Air is referred to as including ‘a significantly thinner design’ that could have forced Apple to abandon the standard USB port in favor of the honest reversible USB Type-C port.
Unfortunately, such a strategy would likely need the use of an adapter (which Apple could or may not include in the box) to link existing USB peripherals, but the advantages would appear to outweigh any possible disadvantages.
One port to rule them all
Coincidentally, among the uses for the brand-new USB Type-C connector will be using it to jack into DisplayPort-compatible monitors, which the Video Electronics Standards Association validated in a news release, detailing how DisplayPort Alternate Mode guarantees to make life easier for all.
Speaking of ports, the report also ominously suggests Apple could be looking beyond the present MagSafe charging solution beloved by MacBook owners, choosing ‘a various way’ yet to be detailed.
Internally, the 12-inch MacBook Air is reported to run without a ventilation fan of any kind, presumably yet another sacrifice being made to lose weight the chassis, while also keeping it quieter than ever.
Last but not least, the MacBook Air is said to be on track for a Retina Display with a ‘noticeably thinner’ bezel along the lines of the MacBook Pro with Retina display screen, as well as a speaker placed ‘above the keyboard and visible,’ instead of on the sides.